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The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 5 August 1960 (USA)
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A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.


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Complete credited cast:
Myrtle Vail ...
Shirley (as Tammy Windsor)
Lynn Storey ...
Wally Campo ...
Jack Warford ...
Meri Welles ...
Leonora Clyde (as Merri Welles)
John Herman Shaner ...
Dr. Phoebus Farb (as John Shaner)
Dodie Drake ...


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Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

5 August 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Passionate People Eater  »


Box Office


$27,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,400,000, 31 December 1960
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally released on a double feature with Black Sunday (1960), and later on a double bill with Last Woman on Earth (1960). See more »


When Seymour is talking with the prostitute, her scarf moves from one shoulder to the other in alternate shots. See more »


[first lines]
Sgt. Joe Fink: [voiceover over a panning shot of a drawing of a sleazy neighbourhood] My name is Sergeant Joe Fink, working the 24-hour shift out of homicide. And this is my workshop. The part of town that everybody knows about, but that nobody wants to see - where the tragedies are deeper, the ecstasy's wilder and the crime rate consistently higher than anywhere else. Skid Row... my beat.
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Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Sung a cappella by Jonathan Haze
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Great film!
24 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Roger Corman's "The Little Shop of Horrors" is a perfect example of a fun,low budget cult film.It's very inventive black comedy that will keep you entertained.The film was shot on a budget of $27000 in a period of just two days.The direction is amazing,the acting is excellent(Jack Nicholson really steals the show as the world's most masochistic patient Wilbur Force)and there are some wonderful moments.All in all if you like Roger Corman's cheapies give this one a look.A must-see!

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